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Haragei - a better understanding

Let me correct this most egregious of errors in understanding the Japanese language, words, or characters. This is or could be a term meaning exclusive to the martial arts systems but I doubt it. I believe it is an American interpretation due to the ambiguity of the term which is natural in the Japanese culture of etiquette and communications shikata.

Actually haragei is more complex as indicated by this quote, "Haragei is a highly honed emotional and intuitive ability that often cannot be expressed in words. It functions more or less like cultural telepath, and is usually incomprehensible to those who are not similarly skilled. " Haragei or the "art of the stomach" is used in the Japanese relationships both personal and in business. It is a part of the kata of ambiguity.

It is not actually some mystical ability where by a Japanese martial artists is able to either intuitively or by some mystical means determine if a person is going to attack or not but rather a means cultivated through the unique culture of Japan to "see," "hear," and "feel" through perceptions of language to include not only the words, the absence of words, the ambiguity of communications, the void or space in between and the deviation from language kata requirements of the many levels are perceived so that a fellow Japanese can obtain information beyond mere words that appears to the uninitiated as mystical ability to know what others intend, the context beyond words and so on .... it is one of those things like the tao te ching that is not readily conveyable in normal language, culture or beliefs of most persons outside the Japanese culture.

Even now it seems a bit convoluted, just beyond grasping distance or out in a void beyond my understanding. This once again speaks of the need to understand, even rudimentary, the culture that gave us the martial systems.

1 comment:

John Vesia said...

Draeger goes into the mechanics of kan (intuition) in Classical Budo (to paraphrase) as a 'knowing' without use of eyes or ears. He doesn't make the connection with the hara but some research with "gut feelings" indicate that the hara-region is the home to a "second-brain" utilizing a vast network of neurons that can perceive independently of the one locked in our cranium.

Another reference is The Sense of Being Stared At where biologist Rupert Sheldrake mentions (albeit briefly) the science behind the gut or hara (not his word) as an extended brain capable of some weird stuff. Needless to say that some of Sheldrake's work is controversial.